Local boy wins two world titles
MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Six-year-old Bowen Bassett of Elton won the 49-pound titles in two different competitions at the North American Grappling Association World Championships on Sunday.
Bowen, who represented Cambria Martial Arts of South Fork, won the gi and no gi championships, defeating grapplers from New York, Florida and Russia along the way.
Grappling is a mixture of ju jitsu and wrestling and features submission holds as well as point scoring. The gi is a jacket-style uniform that can be used as part of the holds.
Bowen is the son of Karissa and Bill Bassett.
UPJ sweeps Lock Haven
Pitt-Johnstown improved to 24-17 with 18-7 and 10-2 victories over Lock Haven in a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday at Point Stadium.
Matt McGee belted a three-run home run and the Mountain Cats scored 11 runs over a two-inning span to break open a tie game in the opener. UPJ completed the sweep behind Matt McMillen’s four RBI in the nightcap.
The Mountain Cats broke open a 7-7 game with five runs in the fifth inning and six more in the sixth to coast to the Game 1 win.
John Fees earned the win after allowing seven runs on seven hits in five innings. Nate Plummer gave up two hits in two scoreless innings to close it out.
The Mountain Cats scored six runs in the bottom of the third inning and never looked back in Game 2. McMillen was 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI while Kyle Morrow had two hits and drove in two. Jake Warner, Zach Vignero, and McGee also had two hits apiece.
Kody Reighard improved to 3-0 after surrendering two runs on seven hits over the first six innings before Rylan Schnably tossed a scoreless seventh.
Lock Haven fell to 14-20.
Mount splits with Bradford
CRESSON – Mount Aloysius split a twin bill with Pitt-Bradford, 2-1 and 7-4.
Derrick Capiak struck out 10 and pitched a complete game to lead Mount Aloysius to a victory in the opening game. Ian Helsel drove in two runs and had a hit for the Mounties. Lucas Szymanski, Aaron Kovach, Corey Dick and Alex Martin also had hits.
Kovach ended the game when he threw out Pitt Bradford’s potential tying run at the plate trying to advance on a sacrifice fly.
In the second, game Pitt-Bradford erupted for four runs in the final inning to take a 7-2 lead. Mount Aloysius put together a comeback attempt in its final at bat, scoring a pair of runs and loading the bases, but ultimately fell short.
Martin had three hits and two RBI in the second game. Conner Bowie had two hits. Chris Nolan took the loss.
Mount Aloysius is 19-10.
Curve post win over Senators
HARRISBURG – Altoona’s Casey Sadler (3-0) again tied his career high by dealing seven innings of one-run ball to lead the Curve to a victory over the Harrisburg Senators, 4-1, in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Metro Bank Park.
The Stillwater, Okla. native struck out four and walked one while allowing only one run on four hits.
It’s the second straight start that Sadler has finished seven innings, and the sixth time overall in his career.
The game remained scoreless through the first three innings before first baseman Matt Curry blasted his second home run in as many days, a solo shot to left-center field in the fourth.
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Bengals make low offer to Hawkins
Johnstown’s Andrew Hawkins grew up with the Cincinnati Bengals while following his older brother Artrell Hawkins Jr.’s NFL career.
The younger Hawkins could see himself wearing a Bengals uniform and playing wide receiver in Cincinnati for years to come. But the Bishop McCort High School graduate knows the business side of the NFL sometimes gets in the way of the storybook ending.
Second place little consolation to contenders
Perspective can be a tricky thing in athletics.
Just ask Richland’s Nico Pecora and Bedford’s Jon Gabriel.
PIAA wrestling notebook: Murin not pleased with fifth place
Max Murin won the first 36 matches of his varsity career.
But the Central Cambria freshman was disappointed after he dropped two consecutive bouts on Friday night at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin girls avenge earlier loss to Portage
Berlin Brothersvalley was highly motivated to play Portage on Saturday in their PIAA Class A girls’ first-round basketball matchup at Central Cambria High School.
The Mountaineers, who lost at Portage earlier in the season, held the Mustangs to a single basket in the first half on 1 of 21 shooting Saturday and went on to a 59-42 victory.
Shade girls nip Bishop Carroll
Alexis Meck isn’t the first name that comes to mind when the Shade girls’ basketball team is the topic.
On Saturday, her name was the last in the scorebook as the Panthers edged Bishop Carroll 56-54 in a PIAA Class A first-round game at Pitt-Johnstown’s Sports Center.
Conemaugh Township eliminated
After weathering Summit Academy’s first-half dominance and using the third quarter as a springboard to their first lead of Saturday’s PIAA Class AA boys first-round game, it appeared that District 5 champion Conemaugh Township had solved the Knights.
At the very least, the Indians had frustrated them.
Quaker Valley trips Richland in OT
There were just two shots taken in the overtime on Saturday in the first-round PIAA Class AA boys’ basketball game between Quaker Valley and Richland.
The Quakers had both shots including the game-winner by Winter Fondi with time winding down in a 42-40 victory over the Rams in a nailbiter.
Tomahawks drop key decision
Just two weeks ago, the Johnstown Tomahawks had earned points in five straight games, with four victories during that span.
Not so long ago, Johnstown had moved into a tie for second place in the NAHL North Division.
Pitt slips past Clemson in OT
Lamar Patterson had a career-high 30 points, including a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left, as Pittsburgh overcome a five-point deficit in the final seconds of regulation and beat Clemson 83-78 in overtime Saturday.
Patterson’s 3 with 3 seconds left cut the Tigers’ lead to 67-65.
Robert Morris holds off St. Francis in NEC
Karvel Anderson and Lucky Jones came up big again for top-seeded Robert Morris, with 21 and 18 points, respectively, but clutch free throws by David Appolon preserved a 60-57 victory over sixth-seeded St. Francis in a Northeast Conference semifinal on Saturday.
The Colonials (21-12) advance to Tuesday’s championship for the fifth time in six years, facing fourth-seeded Mount St. Mary’s (15-16).
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